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The Dinosaur Feather (English Edition) von [Gazan, Sissel-Jo]
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"My best mystery of the year turns out to be yet another stunner from Scandinavia. I could be wrong (but I don't think I am) when I say that Gazan disposes of a murder victim here by an infernal means that no other mystery writer—not even the resourceful Dame Agatha—ever concocted."—Maureen Corrigan, NPR. "Favorite 10 Books of 2013."

"Formidable and satisfying . . . in the author's menacing world, sins of emotional cowardice and betrayal can be just as awful as offenses against the criminal code."—Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal (selected as one of the top ten mysteries of 2013)

"The asides—the dissemination of DNA, the structure of dinosaur skulls—prove as intriguing as the central mystery. A top-flight thriller that’s poisonous, smart and outrageously entertaining." —Christopher Fowler, Financial Times

"Simply put, The Dinosaur Feather is the weirdest and most ingenious new mystery I’ve read in years . . .  it will be obvious to readers why Gazan’s novel would be the leader of almost any pack. Moody and intricate, The Dinosaur Feather is every bit as unforgettable as its creepy title." —Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

"Skulls, feathers, claws and winged flight—all are part of an ongoing scientific controversy about the evolution of birds that winds through the pages of Danish author S.J. Gazan’s absorbing debut thriller.” —Barbra Clark, BookPage

"Gazan’s brainy thriller . . . Gazan orchestrates the suspenseful action and overlapping lives of her complex characters with deceptive ease . . . [A] moving exploration of such broader themes as parenthood, love, and the potentially poisonous results of living with lies." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Intelligently plotted and psychologically believable." —Marcel Berlins, The Times

"Gazan's novel has by far outdone, not to say outshone, all other crime novels published this year." —Anette Dina Sørensen, Politiken

"Imaginative . . . a book with an independent, capable female lead, and one in which scientific research is central." —Maxine Clark, Eurocrime

"Sissel-Jo Gazan has mastered the arts of suspense and revelation." —Kristeligt Dagblad

"Simply first class." —Jyllands-Posten


Anna Bella Nor is just two weeks away from revealing her controversial research on the evolutionary origin of birds when her supervisor Lars Helland is found dead . . . his tongue and a copy of her thesis in his lap.

As the police investigate the most brutal and calculated case they've ever known, Anna remains convinced someone is trying to stop her research coming to light. She must fight to prove her innocence . . . and fight for her life.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1194 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 545 Seiten
  • Verlag: riverrun (26. Mai 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0857380354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857380357
  • ASIN: B005COO10Y
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i found this book very interesting. it kept me on the edge of my seat. with multiple character portrayal it is hard to tell what will happen. loved it!
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For those who like to think and learn something while reading an entertaining 'who done it' - this is for you.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Well written but kind of a slog 30. September 2013
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As a fan of Scandinavian crime fiction, I was interested to read The Dinosaur Feather, given the enthusiastic reviews from abroad. As someone who also has many clients in higher education, including science, I was intrigued as well by the scientific theme underlying the plot, which concerns two murders involving researchers at the University of Copenhagen.

But the book got off to a slow, measured start, and it never really picked up from there. While the writing was solid, there was way, way too much scientific detail, most of which was unnecessary to advance the story. There was also a great deal about the politics of academia. The author may have felt it lent authenticity, but there's only so much an average reader can absorb without his/her eyes glazing over. (And this coming from someone who does deal with science from a lay perspective for work.) I also didn't find the characters especially compelling. Anna was not very likable, and while Soren was somewhat more appealing, even with the multiple back stories, all seemed fairly two-dimensional. What this added up to was a highly academic, workmanlike book that probably will appeal more to scientists or science geeks looking for diversion than to a mainstream audience.

Anna Bella Nor is about to defend her master's thesis when Lars Helland, the head of her committee, whom she dislikes intensely, is found dead. The topic is paleozoology--specifically, the debate about whether birds are descended from dinosaurs, as the victim and most scientists believe, or evolved in parallel, as her supervisor's nemesis, Clive Freeman of the University of British Columbia, believes. The academic feud has been going on for years, and Anna has been swept up in it to the point where her thesis analyzes Freeman's underlying scientific process rather than revisiting the same old arguments that have obsessed Helland and his colleagues. But Helland's death from an awful and mysterious cause derails her trajectory toward her degree, which she urgently needs to finish so she can get back to being the mother of five-year-old Lily. In addition to Soren's quest to unravel the mystery of Helland's death--and later that of another character--what drives the story forward, and backward, are the secrets that each main character harbors. There are lengthy flashbacks revealing how each got to where he or she is and introducing characters that play a role in the denouement.

With a heavier editorial hand, the book might have been more interesting. This is not an amateurish effort--just one where the author seemed a bit lost in the weeds as far as achieving a balance between characterization, plot and context, compounded by an editor who perhaps was excessively lenient.

If you're a science geek, by all means read it. If you're not, then know ahead of time that it's considerably less exciting than books by some of the masters of the genre (think Henning Mankell, of course, Jo Nesbo, Arnaldur Indridason, Karin Fossum, Jussi Adler-Olsen, etc.)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The philosophy of science meets police procedural 18. Dezember 2011
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One of my favorite classes at university many, many years ago was the philosophy of a theory is formed, what the rules of scientific investigation are, and also the politics of university science departments, including the sacred cows. This first novel, written by a graduate in biology of the University of Copenhagen, was an excellent review of that long-ago class.

The plot revolves around a clash between two opposing theories about the evolution of birds. One of the university professors on one side of the argument is murdered. Our heroine, a graduate student in his department of comparative vertebrate anatomy is a suspect. She is a single mother trying to survive on a student grant while dealing with her own issues with her parents and the father of her child.

Pros: for the most part strong character delineation; interesting subplot about the goth scene in Copenhagen; a police inspector who has emotional issues but is not, for once, an alcoholic with a brooding Nordic personality; some interesting information (to me) about the anatomy of birds; the politics of vying for grants within a shrinking national economy.

Cons: too much information about the anatomy of birds; amateurish writing at times (maybe it's the translation) many times did I read 'she screamed at him' or 'he screamed at her'; repetitious backstories about the characters; unbelievable coincidences.

Over all, I give it 4 stars for a first effort by a promising new Nordic writer.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Remarkable Debut Novel 21. September 2013
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Sissel-Jo Gazan selected a very complicated project for her debut novel "The Dinosaur Feather." As a graduate degree holder in biology from the University of Copenhagen, she was well qualified to plunge into the daunting task and I admire her courage and ambition.
The main character in the book is Anna Bella Nor who, as the book opens, has recently submitted her doctoral dissertation to professor Lars Helland, her internal supervisor at the department of Cell Biology and Comparative Zoology at the university. In order to get her doctoral degree Anna will have to defend her thesis in front of a board of experts. Briefly, her thesis has to do with the relation between birds and dinosaurs.
But all hell breaks loose. Professor Helland dies in a very weird manner (was he murdered?) Police Superintendent Soren Marhauge (the world's most annoying detective) begins poking around into Anna's life, and Anna really doesn't have time for this; Anna's mother, Cecilie, becomes very possessive of Anna's three-year-old daughter Lily; Anna's good friend and co-worker Johannes shows photos of himself to Anna which show him dressed as a female vampire with heavy make-up and a leather skirt and net stockings in a club meeting of Goths but swears to her he's straight; Anna's neighbors tell her a mysterious man has come to her apartment several times and waited for her in the hallway but has gone away before Anna has come home, etc. Etc. Etc. Etc.
The book is hilariously funny at times and the writing is excellent. But the book is not perfect.
Superintendent Marhauge is given a big build-up but he never solves anything. He has an okay personality but is pretty much a wimp. One of my favorite lines in the book comes when Marhauge is interviewing a person of obese woman who had been dating Johannes and knew about his cross-dressing. She informs Marhauge that she isn't dating Johannes now, and hasn't seen him in four months. She tells Marhauge that "now she was married to Ulf, whom she had met at a fetish event."
The book is fun. But frequently the author interrupts the flow of the narrative to present the reader with a detailed biography of one of the novel's characters. These biographies are quite good, but there are just too many of them. Up until around page 350 of this 433 page book I was certain the book deserved five stars; but in addition to the too-numerous biographies there were nagging points which bothered me. For instance, it took Professor Helland four months to die. He went to work every day although he was in great pain and he must have known something was wrong with him. His bedroom revealed bags of bloody tissues. Why didn't he ever see a medical doctor about his ailments?
And there are other faults but I won't bug you with them. I'm probably too picky. All in all it is an incredible first novel. And you know you can trust that the author got the science right.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen For the Intellectually Minded 28. November 2013
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This debut novel by a Scandinavian author was touted as the "Danish Crime Novel of the Decade." While I found it to be an interesting read the crimes took a backseat to the biology of birds, academic strife, and how individual traumas impact the paths of the three main characters.

The science behind the birds and dinosaurs was so detailed that I found it hard to follow at times. Fortunately, the storytelling of each character and their personal histories unraveled in wonderful ways. This gradual and intimate development of the characters created interesting and very believable people that I did not seem to miss being able to solve the crimes. I understood the dilemmas in the academia environment and I understood the pain and mystery behind the characters' histories. The development of the characters became in a sense the actual mysteries of the novel.

If you can read your way through the biology then I would definitely recommend reading this book. At the end I found myself wishing it was even longer because I wanted to know what else was going to happen to the characters.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Feathered 29. Oktober 2013
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It is ironic that this week I saw an article about the citizens of Denmark being the happiest on earth. Never would have known from this book. Every character, no matter what part they are playing, has had miserable childhoods, horrible traumas, and is brimming with rage. Much violence ensues. Many tempers fraught with anger. And that doesn't even include the murder central to the story. This might be partly the fault of the translation I found myself sorry I couldn't instigate a drinking game in which every time the word scowl or sneer showed up, someone had to drown a shot. There was much extraneous material, page long descriptions of rooms and settings even for the most cursory of scenes, and everyone, but everyone, has at least one wall "covered in books from floor to ceiling." With all that goes on in this book, I don't know when anyone has time to read. I chose this because it was described as "the winner of the prize for the best crime novel in a decade in Denmark." I found the Nina Borg series much more compelling and interesting, and not as repetitive. It is intriguing that the author finds a way in which to work in so much detail about diverse subjects as dinosaurs, birds, the goth scene in Copenhagen, but the plot moved slowly and I will be happy to read something with at least a little lightness next.
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